Aug 28, 2017

Mexico is offering aid for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas

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Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Sunday night, and offered to send aid for the devastation and victims from Hurricane Harvey, according to the Dallas Morning News. The Mexican government has been in communication with Texas to determine how to best provide assistance, declaring their commitment to help "as good neighbors should always do in trying times."

  1. Following Hurricane Katrina, Mexico sent food, troops, medicine, and water to New Orleans.
  2. Meanwhile: Also on Sunday night, President Trump tweeted that Mexico is one of the highest crime nations and demanded that they pay for the wall.
  3. Go deeper on the Hurricane Harvey latest, here.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.